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PathfinderArtIf you’ve been interested in checking out the über-popular Pathfinder RPG in an organized play environment, Paizo yesterday announced they’re rolling out a new and easier way to get involved. Most gaming stores who are part of the Pathfinder Society Organized Play will begin offering a more accessible session of PSOP adventures utilizing only the core rule book and downloadable materials – thus allowing interested players a chance to sink their teeth into the game without feeling as if they need to purchase tons of supplements.

The announcement:

Paizo Inc., publisher of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announces today a new campaign mode for its popular Pathfinder Society Organized Play global roleplaying game campaign. This new mode of play, called the Pathfinder Society Core Campaign, will use the basic game established in the bestselling Pathfinder RPG: Core Rulebook to offer a streamlined gaming experience, limited scenario replay, and a simpler entry-point for new players.

Says Mike Brock, Coordinator, Pathfinder Society, “We’re always looking for ways to make Pathfinder Society as accessible and fun to play as possible. Thanks to some great feedback and discussions with the community, we’re thrilled to launch what we think will make Pathfinder Society even better – not only for the 75,000 current players worldwide, but to all the new players who will enjoy easier access to the world of the Pathfinder RPG.”

The standard Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign, now in its seventh year, remains unchained, offering a wealth of character options drawn from Paizo’s entire library of Pathfinder supplements. Both campaign modes use the same Pathfinder Society scenarios, four-hour fantasy adventures designed to challenge player skill and group cooperation.

In the new Core Campaign, player character options such as race, class, feats, and equipment are limited to those included in the Pathfinder RPG: Core Rulebook and the free Campaign Traits document found at paizo.com/pathfindersociety. Additional treasures, rewards, and character options are unlocked as players complete scenarios, as listed upon the chronicle sheets distributed at the conclusion of each scenario.

A player may play each Pathfinder Society scenario twice, once with a Core Campaign character and once with a standard Pathfinder Society organized play character, allowing a robust replay option for the first time since the launch of the campaign. A character must belong to either the Core Campaign or the standard campaign—not both. At any time a Core Campaign character may transition into the standard campaign, but no standard campaign character may transition to the Core Campaign.

With the launch of Core Campaign, players have four new Pathfinder Society play opportunities each month, as both players and GMs. The Core Campaign, launching today, is open to new and veteran players, and the current campaign remains unchanged.

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